Cannabis and Health

Side effects of chemotherapy: the benefits of therapeutic cannabis

Today, Cannabis is studied internationally for its possible medical applications, probably more than any plant or vegetable compound in the world. Although many areas are still to be explored, there is already a fairly complete scientific literature that leaves no doubts about the benefits that the human body can get from using cannabinoids. At the current state of research, what is certain is that cannabinoids can be incredibly useful for the treatment of nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy. Let’s see why in this article.

What is chemotherapy and how it works on the body

Chemotherapy, together with radiotherapy, is one of the most widely used and universally recognized drug treatments to cure cancer. Although modern compounds are increasingly complex and promise limited side effects, this type of treatment works quite aggressively, targeting “diseased” cells and destroying them. Obviously, this process of extermination (often combined with the use of radiation) significantly weakens the body that often suffers from serious side effects.  First, the appearance of nausea and vomiting after the treatment, but also a significant drop in appetite that can result in severe malnutrition.

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How cannabis can help during chemotherapy

Cannabis and its flowers have innate properties, which are very useful to counteract or limit some of the most common side effects given by chemotherapy. Therefore, so many synthetic cannabinoid-based drugs have been created and are prescribed in severe cases of intolerance to chemotherapy, like the Nabilone. Also, many patients are prescribed with therapeutic Cannabis.

In Italy, the law provides for its use, but unfortunately, the prescription and retrieval of this natural drug are not as simple and immediate as they should be. It is the reason why many patients decide to treat themselves independently, precisely because the results are too positive to give up this treatment. The most recent scientific research confirms that in many cases cannabinoids are more effective than the drugs usually used in the control of nausea and vomiting provoked by chemotherapy.

The first choice of patients, not only to combat vomiting and nausea

It is very common that patients find the consumption of cannabinoids more pleasant and less invasive and they lend themselves more willingly to this type of treatment. This therapy also proved to be very useful in the treatment of mood, malnutrition and depression related to cancer and chemotherapy.

Several studies (now internationally recognized) are focused on the stimulation of the appetite induced by cannabinoid intake like THC, very important to ensure that patients under chemotherapy regain the desire and taste for food. Moreover, another fundamental aspect is the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action that cannabinoids, such as CBD, play in the human body. Indeed, that leads them to be very useful to prevent and counteract the painful stimuli caused by the chemotherapeutic bombardment or by the disease itself.

The invaluable role of therapeutic Cannabis as support to chemotherapeutic treatments is undeniable and positive testimonies from those who are facing invasive treatments come from all over Italy. Cannabis seems to be a real godsend and it is a pity that there are still people in Italy who do not think so.

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